The Eighteen Blades of Vode Nulan
Titles: The Avenger, The Champion, The Shining One
Portfolio: Chivalry, Craftwork, Strength, Protection, Wisdom
Alignment: Lawful Good
Cleric Alignments: LG, LN, NG
Domains: Fire, Good, Law, Missionary, Protection, War
Holy Symbol: Four longswords forming a compass rose
Favored Weapon: Longsword
Typical Worshipers: Paladins, smiths, dwarves, monks, the city of Mithril
Of all the gods, none has provided for his mortal servants so much as Corean, who is known as the great protector, the great crusader and the leader of the gods during the Divine War. Corean was born of the union of Kadum and Denev, and he possesses the
strength of his father and the wisdom of his mother, yet transcends them both. Many common folk look upon him as the ultimate champion, but Corean’s goal is even higher than that – he aspires to perfection in everything.
Save perhaps for his cousin Madriel, Corean felt the pain of the titans’ victims more than
any other and continues to protect the divine races while trying to move them toward enlightenment in crafts and justice.
When his mother Denev spoke out against her siblings, the Shining One strode forward valiantly into battle to cast off the shackles of horror and primeval chaos that tortured his adopted children amongst the divine races. Knowing that without the proper weapons the gods might not survive their parents’ wrath, Corean traveled to the terrible forge of Golthagga, which was contained within a mountain of fire. The Shining One entered Golthagga’s mountain fearlessly yet with the full knowledge that he might never return. He expected to do battle against the titan forger, only to discover that the titan’s anvil lay silent and Golthagga was nowhere to be found. Corean gathered the cast off fragments of the titan’s works and began shaping them into a powerful weapon. Four times he forged and reforged the blade until it was perfect to him, but as he waited for it to cool, Golthagga returned. The enraged titan sought to slay Corean for his trespass. Armed with his new blade, called Corean’s Honor by the priests of his faith, the god triumphed. Ultimately, the spoils of this singular battle proved important to the war time and time again, including the use of Golthagga’s anvil in the binding of Thulkas and the beheading of Hrinruuk by Corean’s newly forged weapon.
In a sense, Corean is the ultimate symbol of renaissance for the divine races. His skill in crafting weapons and armor matches his might in battle, while his stunning works in the finer metals match his exquisite orations of inspiration and leadership. Similarly, the Shining One’s dedication to duty combined with his inestimable sense of justice stands as a
beacon of hope for everyone, anchoring the bulwarks of good in a sea of continuing war. His protective hand is seen in such holy fortresses as found in the city of Mithril and innumerable way stations along dangerous routes. His tenets teach of leadership through
service, strength through justice, power through purity, perfection of craft and self, sacrifice for the good of all and might through righteousness. The god practices a powerful blend of guardianship coupled with teaching others to fend for themselves and build their own perfect world upon the Scarred Lands left by their forebears.
Corean’s popular representation is that of the ultimate champion, and indeed he often appears to his followers in such a form. Other times, however, the god appears as a crafty smith clad only in breeches and a leather apron and bearing a hammer and tongs. Sometimes he appears as a simple priest, accompanying the faithful on dangerous journeys or healing the sick. Tales tell of times he has manifested as a divine voice speaking from flames, whether a forge’s coals, a hearth fire or the flickering of a candle. One can find
Corean’s avatar accompanied by his herald Permenthes, working with paladin NPCs, hidden
among a band of pilgrims or crusaders, or working away in a smithy.